Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 6 p.m.
A Woman’s Work is Never Done: Righting the Wrongs of Our Political Past and Present


In 2019 the Delaware General Assembly approved the Equal Rights Amendment, but a woman’s work is never done. The Delaware Historical Society and Lewes Public Library host a discussion on the continued fight for women’s rights, led by a diverse panel of politically active and socially conscious women. Bring your questions, audience participation is encouraged!

Moderated by:

Dr. Emerald Christopher-Byrd, Assistant Professor, Women & Gender Studies, University of Delaware


Panelists include:

Charito Calvachi-Mateyko, J.D./M.A.C.T.
Principal, Delaware Transformative Justice,
Co-Chair, Delaware Hispanic Commission,
Executive Director, Latino Initiative on Restorative Justice
Shané Darby
Founder Black Mothers in Power
Morgan Keller
Communications Manager, ACLU Delaware
Rep. Valerie Longhurst
House Majority Leader, Delaware General Assembly
Pamela Malsch
Co-Chair, Women’s March Sussex-Delaware
Marlene A. Saunders, DSW, LMSW
Women's March Sussex-DE & Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice
Tara Sheldon, MSW
At-Large Director, CAMP Rehoboth
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness
Delaware’s first female State Auditor
This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Monday, August 10, 2020, 6 p.m.



While the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1920, finally legalizing women's right to vote, few realize that it was a hard-fought 70-year journey. The struggle for women’s suffrage almost pre-dates the founding of the country and was brought about by hundreds of brave women--Black and white, who sacrificed their time, health, money, and social status to win that right.

Many courageous African American women fought to assure that they received the same rights as white women. Despite segregated schools, restaurants, and racial terror characteristic of the Jim Crow era, African American women organized, created an educational campaign, and marched in women's suffrage parades. It's easy to take for granted women's right to vote today. But, a look back at the people and events that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment reveals a heart-wrenching and compelling story that demands attention and recognition of the leaders of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, both Black and white.

About the Speakers

Syl Woolford earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from Delaware State University and an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University. In 2008, Mr. Woolford began researching his family history and expanded that research into a total revisiting of African American history. He has given presentations on African American history since 2010 when he began lecturing on “African-American Soldiers in the Civil War.” Mr. Woolford serves on the Delaware Heritage Commission, the Historical and Cultural Affairs Collections Committee, Delaware Preservation Fund, and was a founding member of the Delaware Chapter of the Afro-American Genealogical Society.

Carol Scott has B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from Goldey Beacom College and has studied Equity and Diversity at Rutgers University. Ms. Scott is the former Senior Associate Director of the New Jersey State School Boards Association (NJSBA) and has assisted boards of education to develop school district policy. She has designed and managed NJSBA’s Policy and Affirmative Action/Diversity Issues, Board Member Academy, and district training programs. Ms. Scott is known for her writing and motivational speaking. She is the founder of CAS & Associates, Inc.

This program is partially funded by a grant from Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Thursday, August 20, 2020, 6 p.m.
“Alice Dunbar-Nelson: Explorations of a Reading Life”
Jesse Erickson, PhD



Jesse Erickson shares his research on the life and writings of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, a lifelong activist, educator, organizer, and orator. This talk is pre-recorded and will be followed by a Q&A.

Jesse Erickson received his PhD in Information Science from UCLA. He is currently the Coordinator of Special Collections and Digital Humanities and Assistant Professor in the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center at the University of Delaware.

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Thursday, August 13, 2020, 6 p.m.
2020 Harry N. Baetjer III Junior Fellows Program Presentations

Molly Shapiro | Padua Academy ’21
“Bringing the Past into the Present: (Re)building the Read House Website”
Oluwaseun Ogundimu | MOT Charter School ’22
“The Delaware Historical Society: A New Perspective”
Sanjay Long | Archmere Academy ’21
“A Living Museum: Sidewalks, Gardens, and the Challenges of Preservation”
El Bishop | Cab Calloway School of the Arts ’21
“Communication: The Key to Understanding”
Ben Greenberg | The Hill School ’22
READ HOUSE & GARDENS “Rediscovering the Preservation of Old New Castle”
Maura Smeader | Archmere Academy ’21
“A Quaker Goes to Richmond: Transcribing the Diary of Edward Bringhurst, Jr.”

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